Every summer the tiny village of Katydata wakes up to the sound of winds!
That’s when world music traditions and jazz, topped with some contemporary sounds, meet up at Windcraft Music Fest for a music fiesta, in which the winds have the leading role and where tradition and modernity co-exist!
Windcraft Μusic Fest has been organised by the non-profit cultural association Windcraft Loud since 2014 in the village Katydata (Nicosia region, Cyprus) and aims in showcasing the musical work of local and international artists and in involving all visitors in the process of music creation through interaction. The festival focuses specifically on wind instruments and wind players, which are featured in different music styles and combinations.
In unique traditional settings of the Cypriot countryside, such as the yard of an old inn, an orchard, or picturesque village squares, local and international artists and bands present their original music projects, influenced by music traditions of the world. Workshops, walks and other parallel activities invite participants of all ages to take part in the process of music creation and explore the village and its culture through a community building process.
In 2020 the 7th edition of the festival had to be postponed, due to the pandemic of Covid-19. One year after, in 2021, the event is organised in a slightly different manner in order to adopt to the existing preventative measures against Covid-19, and takes on the name Windcraft Music Nest.
For their contribution in arts and for combining tradition with modern artistic approaches, the organisers of the Windcraft Music Fest received the Youth Award 2016 in the Category “Culture” (Youth Board of Cyprus & Central Cooperative Bank), while the festival also holds the EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).
THE VILLAGE OF KATYDATA
Hidden among the beautiful Solea valley, at the foothills of the Troodos mountain and overlooking the sea of Morphou, is the welcoming village Katydata.
This is a rural community that fosters its binds with tradition and keeps the collectiveness among its people alive. Visiting the Museum of Mining Heritage and the Skouriotissa Monastery is worthwhile, but also just walking through the traditional houses and endless olive groves of the village is a pure pleasure.
GET THERE BY CAR
From nicosia (50km)
At Anthoupoli roundabout, take the exit to the highway A9 towards Troodos. At the roundabout at the end of the highway take the second exit towards Peristerona. At the traffic lights at Astromeritis turn left. After around 15 km turn right towards Kalopanayiotis/Kykkos. Take the SECOND exit on your right, towards Katydata. Follow the signs to reach the parking and festival venue.
From LIMASSOL (60km)
At Polemidia roundabout take the exit towards Troodos (B8, Gianni Kranidioti Avenue). Pass by the villages of Alassa and Trimiklini. At Saittas turn right towards Kato Amiantos. At the Kyperounta/Troodos crossing go straight towards Kakopetria. Pass by Platania and the villages Kakopetria, Galata, Evrichou. Turn left towards Kalopanayiotis/Kykkos. Take the SECOND exit on your right, towards Katydata. Follow the signs to reach the parking and festival venue.
GET THERE BY BUS
To get from Nicosia to Katydata by bus, take the bus line 405 from Makario Stadium and get off at the stop "Atsas". Then take the assisting bus 81 towards Kalopanayiotis / Prodromos and get off at Katydata in 5-7 minutes (5km).
Bus 81 has a very limited daily schedule, so make sure you check the timetable in order to plan your trip. Get information on the routes and timetables on publictransport.com.cy or by calling 1416 (or +35722221416 calling from abroad).
WHERE TO STAY
CAMP FOR FREE
Visitors are welcome to camp FOR FREE at the premises of the school of the community, which is equipped with showers and toilets.
CHECK OUT NEARBY ACCOMMODATION
There are no rooms for rent in Katydata, but hotels and apartments are available in the nearby villages, such as Kakopetria, Galata, Kalopanayiotis or Spilia.
You can check for room availability at www.agrotourism.com.cy, booking.com or airbnb.com.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK
All these yummy options will be offered to you at
Windcraft Music Fest 9!
Everyone’s favourite Road Buns beef burger, made with attention to detail and love!
A lot of attention is given to the quality of the meat but also to everything accompanying it. This is why the bun in which the burger is served is homemade and with beetroot, which offers not only vitamins but also a vibrant colour! All of the sauces are also homemade, adding to the freshness of the end result.
[Beef burger with homemade signature sriracha mayo,
lettuce, tomatoes and homemade gherkins served in a
homemade beetroot bun]
Delicious fresh Eastern Mediterranean street food by Omni Honest Food.
Falafel and chicken shawarma in freshly baked Lebanese pitta or in the bowl, topped with lemony houmous, fresh Mediterranean salad, pomegranate glaze and secret ingredients to surprise you. If you are the sociable type, share a mezze platter with your friends, or grab some halloumi bites or pitta nachos to bite along with your drink.
[Falafel and Chicken Shawarma in flatbread or in the bowl, option to add halloumi. Mezze platter. Falafel snack. Halloumi bites. Pitta nachos. Oregano potato chips.]
Pizza Napoletana al forno a legna by Quattrino, fatta con passione e amore!
Choosing the best ingredients and following the traditional baking method in the wood-fired oven, Quattrino offers the most authentic pizza experience…come a Napoli! It takes just one minute in the oven to get that irresistible melted mozzarella on a crisp-but-chewy dough.
[Pizza margherita, pizza pepperoni, pizza bianca, pizza marinara/vegan]
Refreshing cocktails flirting with tradition by Prozak!
All the lovers of Brandy Sour admit, that Prozak’s "Brandi Sawwa" in one of the best on the island. This mixture of Cypriot brandy, lemonade, angostura bitters, soda and fresh spearmint is definitely the ultimate summer cocktail! Try also the signature cocktail "Argonaughty" - a mix of Greek Tsipouro with fresh ginger, cardamom and bitter lemon soda - or the sweet and sour "Anna's Banana", with masticha liquer, freshly squeezed lemon, spearmint and tonic water.
SANDY Craft Beer from Cyprus!
Sandy is inspired by the fruits and flavours of our land! This craft beer comes in two types that proudly bear a Cypriot character: Hoppy Lager with citrus aromas and generous doses of premium aromatic hops, produced with the dry hopping method, and Weiss with Cypriot mandora extracts and orange peel.
REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE
Windcraft Music Fest makes an effort in reducing plastic waste, by providing reusable festival cups for your drinks, that you can keep refilling all night long!
We also ask you to help us recycle by disposing your rubbish in the right bin for glass, plastic & cans or general trash!
Besides, upcycling materials have been used for decorating the venue and creating a unique atmosphere, while respecting the environment!